Bespoke Gardens – Designed for Living.
The Design Process
Every garden design is individual, capturing the personality of our clients. We achieve this by getting to know your likes and dislikes. We believe in taking our clients on an exciting journey by looking at images and samples together. This is an energetic meeting looking at magazine tear sheets, pinterest and Instagram images. The information collected will help us to deliver a garden design that is unique to you and sits cohesively with your home and the surrounding area.
Accurate measurements are crucial for us to develop a garden design that is to scale. We will note all level changes, access routes, dimensions of doors and windows, utilities, materials, existing trees and shrubs even views from the house.
We will test your soil to understand its pH level and quality, in order to advise on improvements and plant selection. The aspect of the garden helps us understand the light conditions through the day. Determining areas of light and shade helps us with the plant selection process.
The Presentation Plan is a scaled drawing of your garden showing the layout, detail of the patio, steps, water features, seating, pergola/gazebo/shed, containers and planting borders. The drawing will also show level changes and materials.
On approval of the presentation plan, our focus moves to the planting plan. We will create a scaled plan with hedges, structural planting and trees. All plants will be positioned with full Latin names. A plant images board with full plant schedule is created giving you a better understanding of the plants to be introduced in your garden.
Once you have approved the design of your garden, reputable landscape contractors will be invited to tender for the construction of your garden.
Contractors will be provided with the survey, presentation plan, planting plan to provide you with an accurate quote. In addition will create a setting out plan and construction drawings for any bespoke features.
A specification document will be written ensuring a high quality of construction and finish for your garden.
We only work with reputable landscape contractors. Three contractors are invited to tender for the project. They will make a site visit with the designer. All relevant documents will be passed onto them.
The quotes will be sent to our design studio to make sure all areas have been covered. A quotation comparison is put together for the client’s perusal. This enables the client to make an informed decision about which contractor they would like to appoint.
Once the contractor is appointed, a start date is agreed and your garden starts to become reality. The studio like to oversee the construction, so we can ensure high standards. We also like to take delivery of the plants and their setting out ensuring quality for your investment.
On completion, we also offer an ongoing maintenance service through our sister company Couture Gardens, to retain the illusion of effortless beauty. Talk to us, or visit www.couturegardens.co.uk for more information
Manoj Malde is an award-winning garden designer, writer and public speaker. Although raised in the UK, he attributes much of his love of colour to his ethnic background and Indian ancestry.
As a graduate of the Master’s programme in fashion design at the Royal College of Art, Manoj’s career has taken him to Italy, Germany, New York, Hong Kong and India. He worked in the fashion industry for 18 years, latterly as creative director.
Manoj then studied garden design at the English Gardening School and uses much of his fashion experience within his present career as a landscape designer. Although the materials have changed, his thought process still begins with themes, mood boards, colour palettes and textures. Manoj has a wealth of knowledge and design experience.
Manoj works closely with his private clients to create a unique space that reflects their personality. He also works with architects, interior designers and corporate organisations.